Firsts are edged out as seconds fail to secure promotion

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Buxton 1-4 Berkswell & Balsall

Buxton put in a good performance against the second-placed team in the league but still went down to a big defeat last Saturday.

The scoreline flattered their opponents somewhat and the hosts were unlucky not to have come away with a point.

The away side were on top in the first half and deservedly went ahead after a short corner.

Just before half-time, Berkswell grabbed a second to put themselves out of sight at the break.

Buxton stepped up a gear in the second half and put the away side under some pressure, with Talbot up front linking well with the midfield of Wilton and Pathe.

Buxton finally pulled a goal back through Saunders, stabbing in at the back post after good work from Browett.

The Bucks piled on the pressure, trying to get an equaliser, but it would not come and Berkswell punished Buxton on the break to make it 3-1.

A defensive mix-up late on resulted in another goal for the away side but Buxton can take heart from putting in a much-improved performance from last week.

Team: D Balderstone (GK), S Rowlands, S Lomas, P Jones, M Curzon, L Saunders, D Pathe, J E Wilton, J Talbot, T Lowton, P Browett, W Mather.

Derby Asterdale 2nds 2-2 Buxton 2nds

In a match that Buxton had to win to finish runners-up in the league, they could only draw in a very tight game of high standard hockey.

By not scoring one more goal, they eventually finished in fourth place on goal difference, on 26 points.

Derby scored early on when their unmarked left winger ran into the ‘D’ and flicked the ball into the opposite top corner, though despite the play being very even, Buxton could not score and two short corners came to nothing.

In the second half, their pressure paid off with a Danson stop to Sewell, who smashed the ball home.

The match was finely balanced with both teams realising the importance of the result, and Derby thought they had the game sewn up when they scored from one of their short corners.

However with minutes to go, Talbot hit in an equaliser following a cross from Sewell to level the scores and raise the Bucks’ hopes.

Despite pushing on for a late winner, Buxton couldn’t quite get the goal that would have ensured elevation.

Instead, it was Asterdale who celebrated promotion.